Wednesday, July 31, 2013

At Long Last.........A Shred of Proof

It's no surprise that I love sewing patterns.  I came across this one the other day, and it finally has (perhaps) proven a theory many of us in the pattern community have had.  It's an Advance Import Adaptation pattern, which were released in limited editions, and are quite scarce now.

There are typically no dates on Advance patterns, much less Advance Imports.  The Advance Import Adaptations were some of the earlier ones seen, and it's always been our idea that they are adaptations of the Paris designers' works.  It couldn't really be proven, because of the lack of dates and other inforation. Today, finally -- proof!  Included in this envelope is the original print add for Advance Import 95, shown here.  The ad is from 1953, and although the page is cut in half, it does say that it's based on Paris (something).  Go to the pattern envelope's back and you find that they call it the Tulip dress.

BINGO!

Christian Dior had his "Tulip" collection in 1953.  Connect the dots and you will see that this must've been based on one of the dresses from that collection, or at least based upon the design elements.

There.  I can sleep at night now.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's all in the sleeves

They say that Balenciaga was fascinated with sleeves, and built his designs around them.  As I get older, I realize just how important sleeves are -- middle age is not kind to women's upper arms, but I shall overcome, with the help of the gym.  Still, I find that cap sleeves and puff sleeves compliment only certain women, and my shoulders are too big to pull them off.  Heck, when I got married in 1987, I remember trying on one dress that was completely frou-frou (like most of the 80s) -- my mother sighed and looked at me lovingly.  Her love for that dress was obvious.  I, on the other hand, was quite certain that I looked like a linebacker.

But I saw this dress today and am completely fascinated.  I don't remember seeing leg 'o mutton sleeves in the 80s, and this is from 1982.  Totally inspired by the 1890's, and seen for a very brief period in the late 60s, when they were more commonly seen as Juliet sleeves, but not in the 80s.  I think those leg 'o mutton sleeves make the dress in the photo look completely different than the illustrated ones.  Combined with that deep neckline, and you've got the makings of some serious steampunk.

Love it?  Buy it here, from Deja Vu Patterns.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

I actually gasped when I saw this.  You MUST look at the etsy listing for this beautiful confection.  It brings me back to my mom's wedding dress.  She had a more simple ballet length dress in 1953.  I've only seen shades of it in pictures, because their wedding pictures were taken by my uncle, and were somehow double exposed.  It makes getting a good view of her dress rather difficult.  Add to it that my grandmother gave it to the Salvation Army, and it makes it all the more tragic.

So buy this dress, please.  Because I'd buy it in a minute if I thought it would fit.  And then I would buy a bouquet and walk through the grocery store in it, just because pretty dresses deserve to be worn.  Frequently.